Bill Summary for H 973 (2013-2014)

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Apr 17 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 973 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, TO DEVELOP A TWO-TIERED SYSTEM OF PAYMENT FOR LOCAL INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC BEDS OR BED DAYS BASED ON ACUITY LEVEL; REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH AND ANNUALLY REPORT ON PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR THIS TWO-TIERED SYSTEM OF PAYMENT; AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT TO IMPLEMENT THIS TWO-TIERED SYSTEM OF PAYMENT.
Intro. by Martin, Burr, Avila, Hollo.

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Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (Department), Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, to develop and implement a 2-tiered system of payment for purchasing local inpatient psychiatric beds or bed days. The 2-tiered system will be based on acuity level, with an enhanced rate of payment for inpatient psychiatric beds for individuals with higher acuity levels. The Department must establish performance measures to assess the effectiveness of the 2-tiered system and report to specified legislative entities by March 1, 2014.

$2 million is appropriated from the General Fund to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services for the 2013-14 fiscal year and $2 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year for the purpose of purchasing local inpatient psychiatric beds or bed days.

Effective July 1, 2013.

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